Mumbai: Kingston Technology Company, Inc., a world leader in memory products and technology solutions, today announced it is among the top 10 list of semiconductor chip buyers globally as determined by Gartner, Inc. Gartner studied the total allocated market looking at total chip spending across many verticals including PC, data center, smart phone, IoT (Internet of Things) and other applications. Kingston is ranked number 8 having spent an estimated $7.84 billion (USD) for 2018, according to Gartner. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this yearKingston climbed to the top 10 for the first time since Gartner began its design total allocated market (TAM) research in 2007. The increase is fueled in part because Kingston is a top memory manufacturer for many of the OEM and ODMs that produce smart devices and Kingston continues to offer value and service in these market segments. In 2018, Kingston produced over 14 trillion Megabytes of memory across all product lines including DRAM, SSDs and embedded solutions, a massive amount that reinforces its strength, position and importance in the industry. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in IndiaGartner stated that chip spending in recent years has been driven mainly by the growth in consumption of PCs and smart phones. Leading OEMs in these areas gained more market share and increased their chip buying power as a result. Gartner further predicts that other growth markets will ignite future demand such as new business opportunities in China focusing on Cloud servers and Internet of Things (IoT) endpoints that will arise in and after 2022. With Kingston’s buying power, global partnerships and manufacturing facilities located in China and the Asia-Pacific region, Kingston is positioned to take full advantage of these growth opportunities. “While server and system memory continue to be the foundation of Kingston’s success, our strength over the past 15 years has been to diversify our product portfolio to address industry changes and adapt to ever-evolving market needs,” said Craig Tilmont, director of marketing, Kingston. “We are one of the top suppliers of SSDs in the channel and have been supplying embedded memory solutions for almost a decade in various industrial applications including medical devices, diagnostic equipment and in-flight entertainment systems. Kingston memory solutions are also found everywhere including consumer products such as fitness trackers, smart watches, robotic vacuums and security video doorbells.”For more than 30 years, Kingston has created memory products and storage solutions that empower innovation. Today, Kingston ships to 125 countries and employs over 3,500 people around the world. Kingston develops products to increase productivity and overall system performance, with solutions for servers, desktops, and IoT devices. Kingston makes technology solutions that facilitate people’s everyday needs and supports them wherever they are.
New Delhi: Senior bureaucrat and former finance secretary Subhash Chandra Garg on Friday took over as the new Power Secretary. The senior most officer in the Ministry of Finance, Garg was shifted to the Power Ministry on Wednesday. Thereafter he announced that he had applied for voluntary retirement from service on Thursday. “Handed over charge of Economic Affairs today (Thursday). Learnt so much in the Finance Ministry and Economic Affairs Dept. Will take charge in Power Ministry tomorrow (Friday). Have also applied for Voluntary Retirement from the IAS with effect from 31st October”, Garg had tweeted on Thursday. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalAn interaction of Garg with media is scheduled later on Friday. Garg was in charge of the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), and was designated the Finance Secretary. However, in a surprise move, he was named Power Secretary in an order issued late on Wednesday. As DEA Secretary, he was in charge of fiscal policy, RBI-related matters, and was closely involved in the preparation of union budget. The shift came just a day after Parliamentary procedure for approval of Modi 2.0 government’s maiden union budget for 2019-20 was completed. The 1983 batch IAS officer of Rajasthan cadre, Garg came to the centre in 2014, and was appointed Executive Director in the World Bank where he stayed till 2017, when he was appointed DEA Secretary in June 2017. In March 2019 (rpt) March 2019, he was elevated as the Finance Secretary following retirement of A N Jha.
Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday said Priyanka Gandhi Vadra would get all-round support if she is chosen to take over as Congress President. He regretted the decision of Rahul Gandhi to step down from the top party post. “India is a young nation, and will respond to a young leader,” he told reporters here when asked to comment on Congress leader Shashi Tharoor’s statement that Priyanka would be a good choice as party chief. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “Priyanka would be a perfect choice to take over the party reins but it would all depend on the Congress Working Committee (CWC) which alone is authorised to take a decision in the matter,” said Amarinder. The Chief Minister had earlier also advocated for a young leader to take charge of the party at this critical juncture. With the majority of India’s population now comprising of youth, only a youth leader could connect with the people and reflect their aspirations, he had said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Responding to another query, Amarinder made it clear that Priyanka was ideally suited to head the party which needed a dynamic young leader to rebuild it after the recent Lok Sabha election loss. She has the intelligence and instinct to understand and relate to the needs of the nation, and also has the courage to take on any challenge and take the fight to victory, he added. Given Rahul’s refusal to take back his resignation, Priyanka was a good bet to replace him as the new leader, said the Chief Minister. He expressed confidence that she would easily get the support of the party’s rank and file across regions. In response to another question, the Chief Minister described the events relating to the Unnao rape victim in UP as shocking. “Are we living in jungle raj?” he asked, adding that, “if we cannot protect our daughters and give them justice then we are doomed as a nation.” The law must be upheld at all costs, he asserted, urging the Supreme Court to take cognisance of the case and order a thorough probe to ensure that the victim is protected and gets justice at all costs.
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday stayed the inquiry initiated byJawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) against its 45 faculty members for allegedly participating in a protest march in July last year. Justice Suresh Kait sought response of the JNU administration on the plea by the teachers challenging the charge sheets issued by the varsity against 48 faculty members for allegedly taking part in the strike/ protest. The court listed the matter on October 10 for further hearing. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe teachers, represented through senior advocate Kapil Sibal, said they had sent individual responses to the show cause notices stating that no misconduct or violation of rules had taken place, as alleged by the varsity. The petition, filed by 45 faculty members, said the charge sheets issued against them relied on three grounds to implicate them in the alleged “mala fide inquiry”. One of the grounds was that the CCS (Conduct) Rules prohibit government servants from resorting to or abetting strikes, coercion or physical duress in matters pertaining to service.
Mumbai: With the government announcing a slew of measures to boost the economy, a JM Financial report has suggested that although the government has been responsive to the issues of industry, the steps may not be sufficient and more measures might be needed to give a fresh start to the lending cycle of non-banking financial companies (NBFCs). “In our view, while the specifics matter, it was equally important to note that the government is not turning a blind eye to the slowdown and to suggestions from the industry. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”The specifics, on the other hand, while broadbased, may not be sufficient to create a virtuous cycle of demand recovery given that the level of pessimism is extremely high, that more is required to lower the real estate inventory and to restart the cycle of lending by the NBFCs,” said the report on the latest measures announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. It, however, noted that three important takeaways from the announcements were “some preponement of demand in autos (PVs from fleets, LCVs) that can help reduce excess inventory in the near-term, faster payment of GST refunds to MSMEs can help address some amount of liquidity concerns, and that more measures are coming to revive the real estate sector”. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostOn the measures announced to boost auto sales, the report noted that the auto sector may benefit marginally. The government announced an additional 15 per cent depreciation on all vehicles acquired during the period from now till March 31, 2020. According to JM Financial, this move is likely to aid clearing of some of the inventory for personal vehicles (PVs) and light commercial vehicles (LCVs). On the steps to ease liquidity for the NBFCs and the housing finance companies (HFC), it noted that the steps would benefit granular retail housing, vehicle finance and MSME loans. “The government increased the outlay for Liquidity Infusion Facility refinance scheme of NHB (National Housing Bank) from Rs 100 billion (10,000 crore) to Rs 300 billion (30,000 crore). Additionally, public sector banks (PSBs) have been asked to fast-track collaboration with NBFCs for co-origination of loans to MSMEs, small traders’ self-help groups and MFI (micro-finance institutions) client borrowers. “Further, we also await the measures to address the pain of home-buyers where the project is stuck due to lack of funding for the developer. In our view, these steps will benefit granular retail housing, vehicle finance and MSME loans,” it said. The report further observed that the actual requirement is to address the heightened level of risk aversion in the banking sector concerning developer or large ‘loans against property’ (LAP) exposures of NBFCs and HFCs. Otherwise, these measures will continue to result in the PSBs increasing their exposure to a couple of well-managed, strong promoter backed NBFCs and HFCs, it said. “They might not increase their exposure to NBFCs and HFCs with significant developer and large-ticket size LAP portfolios,” it added.
NEW DELHI/ BENGALURU: Senior Karnataka Congress leader DK Shivakumar, who was being investigated in a case of alleged money laundering, has been arrested, sources said. The Enforcement Directorate, which was questioning him over the last four days, said he was not cooperating with the investigation. On Thursday, Mr Shivakumar, a minister in the erstwhile government of HD Kumaraswamy and the Congress, was summoned to Delhi after the Karnataka High Court decided against the dismissal of the case and did not give him protection from arrest.(Inpus from NDTV.com)
Los Angeles: Robert Downey Jr is returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The “Iron Man” star will feature in Scarlett Johansson’s “Black Widow” stand-alone. According to a Deadline report, “Downey will be seen in the role of Stark one more time, however, in the Marvel prequel ‘Black Widow’ in May 2020.” The highly-anticipated movie will star Johansson as Romanoff aka Black Widow, an agent of the fictional spy agency S.H.I.E.L.D and a member of the superhero team, the Avengers. However, it is unclear if Downey Jr will be seen in the Iron Man suit or as Tony Stark. No other information was available. Directed by Cate Shortland, “Black Widow also stars Rachel Weisz, Florence Pugh, David Harbour and O T Fagbenle. The film is slated to be released on May 1, 2020.
BELLA COOLA, B.C. – A pair of police officers on British Columbia’s central coast went beyond the call of duty to rescue a local constituent over the long weekend.RCMP say constables Casey Charles and Marina Coan were called when someone spotted a juvenile eagle with a broken wing on the bank of a local creek.Police say in a new release that the officers searched for the bird and saw it was unable to fly and in distress.A call to a conservation officer, who in turn contacted the Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society, provided information on how to catch the eagle.Police say Charles donned some chest waders, leather gloves and armed himself with the “eagle catching tools” of a leather jacket, fishing net and a dog kennel, before he waded in to safely catch the bird.The eagle had a meal of fish and spent the night at the detachment before being flown to the society’s facility in Metro Vancouver where it’s expected to be rehabilitated and returned to the wild.
MONTREAL – F1 star Kimi Raikkonen has filed a complaint with Montreal police alleging extortion and harassment by a woman who claims he grabbed her breast at a bar during Grand Prix weekend in 2016.The allegations against the Ferrari driver are detailed in a blog item by the Montreal woman, who doesn’t name Raikkonen explicitly in the post.The alleged victim, who was working as a waitress, accuses him of grabbing her breast and a member of his entourage of touching her genitals as she tried to get them to settle a bar tab.A member of the F1 pilot’s legal team who did not want to be named told The Canadian Press on Tuesday that Raikkonen denies the allegations and claims to not know the woman or have touched her.But a lawyer for the woman says her client is devastated and feels side-swiped and shocked by the Finnish driver’s legal manoeuvre.“Our position is pretty simple,” said lawyer Jamie Benizri of Legal Logik, the firm representing the woman. “Faced with allegations of this nature, we’re obviously shocked, disturbed that this would be the response.”Benizri wouldn’t disclose the woman’s age or the amount of money being sought, but the representative of Raikkonen’s legal team described it as extremely high.The woman’s lawyer also wouldn’t comment on the public blog posts that outline the allegations.But he pushed back against the allegation of blackmail, saying it was “a little more graceful than an offer to settle for cash.”“What we were looking for was an opportunity to sit down, what we were looking for was an opportunity to come to terms with what had happened to my client,” Benizri said.“Unfortunately, that was completely misconstrued and I think they jumped the gun to defend themselves or potentially thwart an imminent action.”Benizri said his client will collaborate with investigators and provide her version of events to police.He said no motions have been filed in court and adds that no course of action has been ruled out.Raikkonen’s representative claimed the demands in April and earlier this month were “aggressive” with a threat to go public.The complaint against the Montreal resident with police was filed Monday on behalf of Raikkonen, who is being represented by a Montreal law firm.City police said they would not comment.Raikkonen, 38, is competing in the F1 Canadian Grand Prix Montreal on June 10.
Highlights from the news file for Wednesday, Aug. 2———CENSUS 2016: SINGLE, SAME-SEX AND CHILDLESS: Couples without kids are outpacing their procreating counterparts, same-sex relationships are blossoming, multiple generations are living under the same roof and more people than ever are living alone, Statistics Canada revealed Wednesday as the 2016 census showcased more seismic changes in the way Canadians are living their lives. Of the 14.1 million households in Canada in 2016, 28.2 per cent comprised only a single person — the highest proportion of single-person households ever recorded and the most common living arrangement captured in the 2016 count, a first for the country. Outside of the United States and the United Kingdom, the percentage of one-person homes in Canada is not especially high, but it does illustrate the legacy of an aging population, the members of which are living longer than ever and are more likely to be widowed. Childless couples grew in number at a faster rate over the last five years than couples with at least one child, leaving the latter group at 51.1 per cent of the population, the lowest level ever recorded. Today, about 12 per cent of all same-sex couples are living with children, be they biological offspring, adopted or members of a stepfamily. In raw numbers, there were 10,020 children aged 14 and under living with 8,770 same-sex couple parents on census day last year.———CENSUS REVEALS MORE ANGLOPHONES IN QUEBEC: Quebec’s English-speaking community has grown more in the past five years than during any census period over the last four decades, says the executive vice-president of the Association for Canadian Studies. Census data from 2016 that was released Wednesday shows the percentage of Quebecers whose first official language spoken is English increased to 14.4 per cent from 13.5 per cent between 2011 and 2016. While immigration data from the census has not yet been released, Jack Jedwab said the increase in Quebec’s anglophone population is likely due to more immigration as well as fewer people leaving the province for other parts of Canada. English as a mother tongue increased in Quebec to 9.6 per cent last year from nine per cent in 2011, while English as a language spoken at home rose to 19.8 per cent from 18.3 per cent over the same period. First official language is defined by Statistics Canada as a citizen’s primary language between English and French. The agency defines mother tongue as a citizen’s first language learned at home in childhood and still understood by the individual.———CAROLINE MULRONEY SEEKS TO RUN AS ONTARIO PC: Former prime minister Brian Mulroney’s daughter is seeking to run for the Ontario Progressive Conservatives in next year’s provincial election, adding some potential star power to a party looking to unseat an unpopular government. Caroline Mulroney, the vice-president of an investment firm, announced on social media Wednesday that she will seek the nomination in York-Simcoe, north of the Toronto area. The riding has been held since 1995 by Progressive Conservative Julia Munro, who is retiring. Munro tweeted Wednesday that Mulroney has her full support. In an announcement on Facebook, accompanied by a YouTube video, Mulroney said that as a working mother of four she knows change is needed in Ontario so people can thrive. Party leader Patrick Brown wrote on Twitter that he is “thrilled to see such exceptional individuals like (Mulroney) step up to seek a nomination” for the party. The meeting where Mulroney will learn if she has secured the nomination to run in York-Simcoe is set for Sept. 10. The provincial election will be held in June 2018.———PERSONAL DATA AT STAKE IN NAFTA NEGOTIATIONS: The personal information of Canadians will be on the negotiating table along with auto parts and labour standards when North American free trade talks begin this month. The United States has served notice it wants an end to measures that restrict cross-border data flows, or require the use or installation of local computing facilities. It is among the many American goals for the coming NAFTA renegotiation spelled out by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Privacy advocates say that means trouble for Canada’s ability to shield sensitive information such as health data from the prying eyes of foreign agencies by storing it in computer servers on Canadian soil. The U.S. proposal runs counter to public-sector privacy laws in British Columbia and Nova Scotia that require domestic data storage. The B.C. Freedom of Information and Privacy Association is urging Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland to ensure legislation already on the books is not undermined by the NAFTA negotiations.———LIBERALS TAP AMBROSE FOR NAFTA ADVICE: While Liberals and Conservatives trade accusations that they’re hurting Canada’s position in the imminent renegotiation of NAFTA, the Trudeau government has tapped the Tories’ former interim leader, Rona Ambrose, to help advise on the trilateral trade deal. Ambrose is one of 13 members of a newly created advisory council on the North American Free Trade Agreement, announced Wednesday by Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland. Other members include James Moore, a former minister in the previous Conservative government, and Brian Topp, a veteran NDP strategist, one-time NDP leadership contender and former chief of staff to Alberta’s NDP premier, Rachel Notley. The membership is designed to demonstrate that the government is taking a unified, non-partisan, Team Canada approach to the negotiations, which are set to start Aug. 16. The council also includes representatives of various groups that have the most at stake in the negotiations, among them, Canadian Labour Congress president Hassan Yussuff; Linda Hasenfratz, CEO of automotive parts manufacturer Linamar Corp., and Marcel Groleau, president of Quebec’s union of agricultural producers.———VANCOUVER’S BENCHMARK HOUSE PRICE CRACKS $1M: The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver says the typical price of a home in Metro Vancouver has surpassed $1 million. The board says the composite benchmark price for all residential properties in the area is currently $1,019,400, up 8.7 per cent from July 2016. The benchmark price for detached properties in the area is about $1.612 million, for attached properties $763,700 and for apartments $616,600. While home prices jumped, there were more listings and fewer sales in Metro Vancouver last month. The board says there were 2,960 residential property sales in the region — down 8.2 per cent from a year ago — and 5,256 properties were newly listed for sale last month. That brought the total number of properties above 9,000 for the first time this year. Wednesday also marks the one-year anniversary since the province’s former Liberal government imposed a 15 per cent foreign buyers’ tax, aimed at cooling the hot housing market. The new NDP government has said it’s reviewing whether the tax and other measures were effective.———TRIAL SET IN FATAL SASKATCHEWAN FARM SHOOTING: A trial date has been set for a Saskatchewan farmer accused of fatally shooting an Indigenous man. Gerald Stanley’s second-degree murder trial in the death of Colten Boushie will take place from Jan. 29 to Feb. 15 in Battleford, Sask. Stanley has pleaded not guilty and is out on bail. Details from a preliminary hearing in April are under a publication ban, however it is known that Boushie was shot and killed last August while riding in an SUV that went onto a farm near Biggar, Sask. Boushie’s family has launched a petition calling for a new Crown prosecutor and an out-of-province lead investigator for the case, saying they believe people from outside the province would be less biased. Boushie’s killing ignited racial tension in Saskatchewan and there have been rallies outside court when Stanley made previous appearances.———NUMBER OF DEAD RIGHT WHALES RISES TO 10: Yet another endangered North Atlantic right whale has been found dead in the Gulf of St. Lawrence — the tenth since June 7. The federal Department of Fisheries said on Twitter that the “unprecedented number of right whale deaths is very concerning.” The most recent find was reported Tuesday from the west coast of Newfoundland, though it remains unclear when the whale was first spotted. North Atlantic right whales are critically endangered, with an estimated number of just over 500. Jerry Conway of the Canadian Whale Institute in Campobello, N.B., said the deaths are disastrous for an already vulnerable species. Fisheries officials say four of the carcasses were found off Newfoundland’s west coast. They were discovered near Chimney Cove south of Trout River, Cape Ray in the Port Aux Basques region, Cedar Cove near Lark Harbour and one south of the River of Ponds. Necropsies, akin to animal autopsies, are underway on samples taken from the badly decomposed remains to help confirm causes of death, it said.———RBI PLANS TO EXPAND TIM HORTONS TO SPAIN: Tim Hortons plans to expand to Spain, its fourth venture abroad in recent months, as it tries to overcome lagging sales and an internal revolt from disgruntled franchisees in Canada. Restaurant Brands International, the parent company of the coffee-and-doughnut chain, said Wednesday it has signed a deal with a joint venture partner to set up shop in one of the largest cafe markets in Europe. Chief financial officer Josh Kobza said Spain provides an intriguing opportunity for RBI in its quest to be a dominant player in the global coffee industry following forays into Mexico, Britain and the Philippines. The announcement coincided with RBI’s results that showed same-store sales at Tim Hortons, an important metric in retail measuring sales at locations open for at least a year, fell for the second consecutive quarter. They were down 0.8 per cent from a year ago, driven by falling sales in Canada of baked goods and lunch items, a sign that the Tim Hortons brand may be losing its appeal in the country where it was made famous.———MONTREAL’S BIG O TO HOUSE ASYLUM SEEKERS: Montreal’s iconic Olympic Stadium will be the first place some newcomers to Canada call home, with the venue starting to be used as a shelter for asylum seekers. The first groups were bused to the stadium on Wednesday as Quebec continues to manage a recent influx of people entering the province from the United States. Volunteers from the Quebec Red Cross helped set up the cavernous facility for a temporary stay with cots and food in the rotunda. According to recent federal government data, preliminary figures for June suggested a “pronounced shift” in the number of people arriving in Canada at the Quebec-U.S. border. Richard Goldman of the Committee to Aid Refugees said it is too early to say if the spike in the number of asylum seekers will be sustained, but acknowledged that all services are feeling the crunch. Part of the problem is that many of those entering in Quebec have no intention of staying here and end up leaving for other cities, notably Toronto. Goldman estimates that one-half of the people entering Quebec have plans to move elsewhere.
TORONTO – Since mid-November, dozens of people have become ill and two people have died in Canada and the U.S. due to infection with E. coli 0157:H7, which has been linked in this country to contaminated romaine lettuce. Here is a primer on E. coli and what consumers can do to avoid becoming sick:What is E. coli? Escherichia coli bacteria normally live in the intestines of healthy people and animals and are typically harmless. But infection with the O157:H7 strain, which produces a shiga toxin, can cause severe abdominal cramps, bloody diarrhea and vomiting. Healthy adults usually recover within a week, but young children and older adults have an increased risk of developing a life-threatening type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome.How does contamination occur? E. coli can be shed in the feces of cattle, poultry and other animals, polluting water used to irrigate crops and the soil where fruits and vegetables are grown. Leafy greens, such as lettuce and spinach, can become contaminated during and after harvest from handling, storing and being transported. An individual infected with E. coli also can transmit it to other people.“This strain of E. coli causes more outbreaks than all other strains combined, so it’s the big problem,” said Herb Schellhorn, a microbiologist at McMaster University in Hamilton, who specializes in the study of E. coli and other water- and food-borne pathogens.What’s the source of this outbreak? A Canadian Food Inspection Agency-led investigation has determined that romaine lettuce is at the heart of the E. coli outbreak in five eastern provinces, but the source of the produce has not yet been identified. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has concluded the E. coli involved in 17 cases in 13 states has a closely related genetic signature as the strain behind Canada’s 41 cases, but has not confirmed the food source. One person in Canada and one in the U.S. have died.“This time of year, most of our lettuce will come from southern places … so if it’s affecting both countries, it may be from California or Mexico or other countries that produce romaine lettuce,” said Schellhorn. “But it also can be contaminated during the processing by individuals who are infected or if there was fecal contamination introduced at some point in the distribution (process).”He said the longer it takes to pin down the source of adulteration, the more difficult it will become over time, given that romaine is a perishable item.“It’s not like it’s frozen and we can go into meat lockers and test food materials for contamination. Depending on how it was contaminated, if it was in one large place and it’s the water that was contaminated, that could have implications for other food materials that might have been exposed.”While that “doesn’t appear to be the case” with this outbreak, Schellhorn said E. coli. 0157:H7 is highly infectious and exposure to only a very small amount can cause disease.What can consumers do? The Public Health Agency of Canada says on its website that thoroughly washing potentially contaminated romaine lettuce — or any other fresh produce — in water can remove the bacteria.But Schellhorn suggests it’s better to be safe than sorry.Not only does he advise not purchasing romaine lettuce currently on grocery store shelves, he suggests consumers toss out any they have in the fridge.“It’s not worth taking a chance … Lettuce isn’t that expensive, it has a short shelf life anyway,” he said.“I think I would just throw it out.”— Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.
HALIFAX – Global fishing efforts are so wide ranging that fleets covered more than 460 million kilometres in 2016 — a distance equal to going to the moon and back 600 times.That startling revelation is contained in a newly published study in Science that quantifies fishing’s global footprint for the first time.“I’ve been working on fishing for 20 years and it totally blows me away,” co-author Boris Worm, a marine biologist at Dalhousie University in Halifax, said of the findings.The study — which included researchers from Global Fishing Watch, National Geographic, Google and U.S. universities such as Stanford — used satellite feeds and common ship tracking technology known as the automatic identification system (AIS).It found that commercial fishing covers more than half of the ocean’s surface: “Our data show that industrial fishing occurs in 55 per cent of ocean area and has a spatial extent more than four times that of agriculture,” the study says.Most nations appear to fish predominantly within their own exclusive economic zones, but fishing fleets from China, Spain, Taiwan, Japan and South Korea accounted for more than 85 per cent of the observed fishing effort on the high seas.“The fundamental problem with fishing is the lack of oversight particularly on the high seas,” Worm said. “Now we have that oversight — we can see it from space.”The study found some larger fishing vessels undertake surprisingly lengthy travels, he said.One Japanese vessel leaves its home port to fish off South Africa before moving on to West Africa, then transits the Panama Canal and fishes in the eastern tropical Pacific before returning home.“I’ve never had data on it, so now I can actually track single voyages that go straight around the globe,” Worm said.Researchers captured the activity of more than 70,000 vessels, including about 75 per cent of industrial fishing vessels longer than 36 metres, by using 22 billion global AIS positions from 2012 to 2016. They point out the figures represent a small proportion of the world’s estimated 2.9 million motorized fishing vessels.Global fishing hotspots include the northeast Atlantic and northwest Pacific as well as regions off South America and West Africa.The study found areas of minimal effort in the Southern Ocean, parts of the northeast Pacific and central Atlantic and the exclusive economic zones of many island states “forming conspicuous holes in the global effort map.”The number of areas fished globally is likely even higher, the researchers said, given many regions have poor satellite coverage and a lower percentage of vessels using AIS.Longline fishing was the most widespread activity and was detected in 45 per cent of the ocean, followed by purse seining at 17 per cent and trawling at 9.4 per cent.Longliners had the greatest average trip length between anchorages — 7,100 kilometres.Worm said the study found that fishing wasn’t disturbed by significant weather events or by such things as the price of fuel.“They just go out and fish,” he said. “I think oftentimes because they are operating, particularly on the high seas, at the margin of profitability they just have to keep those boats running.”David Kroodsma, director of research and development for Global Fishing Watch, said the over-arching goal of the study is to create transparency for an industry that has had little in the past.Kroodsma said it’s hoped the data can be used to improve fisheries governance around the world. He said the global map it produced is hundreds of times higher in resolution than “anything we’ve had before.”“For me what’s most exciting is not just this dataset but what comes next. There are all of these questions about how we fish in the ocean that we can now answer that we could not before,” he said.
MONTREAL – Twenty years after she says she was told to keep quiet about Bertrand Charest’s alleged abuses to avoid losing sponsorships, Allison Forsyth is speaking out to make sure it doesn’t happen to anyone else.The former Olympian, who alleges she was sexually abused by Charest in 1997 and 1998, says she has struggled with guilt, shame and anxiety as a result.“I went through years and years of whistleblower guilt, where I felt abandoned and alone and nobody cared that this had happened because everybody tried to cover it up,” she told The Canadian Press in a phone interview Wednesday.Forsyth, now 39, said she was one of the athletes who came forward in 1998, when Alpine Canada first became aware of Charest’s sexual contact with several of his teenage students.“I was told, ‘Do not say anything, because we would lose our sponsors’ and it would end my career,” she said.Charest was found guilty last June of 37 of the 57 sex-related charges he was facing, and was eventually given a 12-year prison term.The convictions involved nine of the 12 women who’d accused him of crimes that occurred more than 20 years ago, when the victims and alleged victims were aged between 12 and 19.Forsyth is one of eight victims and alleged victims who have chosen to identify themselves in recent days amid their calls for changes that would better protect athletes from abuse.The native of Nanaimo, B.C., is struggling with having the word “alleged” attached to her description of events and her status as a victim.That’s because Charest was not convicted on the charges involving Forsyth due to jurisdictional issues, because the alleged incidents occurred outside of Canada.“That in general has affected me greatly and has brought back a lot of feelings of shame or guilt, even in just the last 24 hours,” she said.But despite what she calls the intricacies of the law, she says one thing is clear: “All of the 12 of us, plus many more, were definitely victims of this horrible man.”Forsyth went on to have an illustrious skiing career, including five World Cup giant slalom medals and a bronze at the 2003 world alpine championships. She also represented Canada in the Olympics in 2002 in Salt Lake City.But all that time, she was struggling with what had happened to her.“I was not the same person after as I was before,” she said. “I had a very tumultuous career after. I was very depressed, medicated for anxiety. I had anorexia issues.”Forsyth, now a mother of three, says she’s willing to share her experiences because she believes there are lessons to be learned from what happened to her and the other women.She says no system was put in place to support athletes when she was skiing and that none of them were given any lessons on what constituted appropriate behaviour from coaches.Her suggestions, and that of the other women, include more education and training for coaches and athletes and a rule that would not allow coaches and athletes to be alone in a one-on-one situation.Forsyth is also calling for an independent safety officer who can follow up on complaints and ensure that athletes and coaches are given the support they need.She says it’s “absolutely critical” to have someone who doesn’t have a vested interest in either party to ensure allegations aren’t swept under the rug as she believes was done in Charest’s case.She says Charest, for example, was allowed to resign rather than being fired from his position and that his coaching licence was never revoked.The trial judge in Charest’s case ripped into Alpine Canada in his ruling, saying the organization’s leaders closed their eyes to Charest’s actions and failed miserably in their duty to protect the young athletes.The chair of the board of Alpine Canada has since acknowledged in a statement that “the organization could have offered more support to the victims in this difficult time.”The statement added that the organization welcomed any further suggestions on how to improve safety.Forsyth says the changes she’s calling for go beyond Alpine Canada or any one sport, noting similar abuses have occurred in hockey and gymnastics.While she doesn’t regret her years as a competitive athlete, she says that, for now, she wouldn’t want her children following in her footsteps.“I won’t feel complete closure maybe ever, and I won’t feel that we’re there until we have changes in place that we’re happy with,” she said.
The human brain appears to be “hardwired” for laziness, that’s according to new research from the University of British Columbia. According to the study, the researchers recruited young adults, sat them in front of a computer and gave them control of an on-screen avatar. Small images were flashed one at a time that either depicted physical activity or physical inactivity, the subjects then had to move their avatars quickly to the image. They used electrodes and discovered participants were faster at moving towards pictures of activity but it also required their brains to work harder. “What public policy has tried to re-enforce right now is the intention to be physically active but if you don’t work on the other part, the automatic part, that prevents you to be so due to automatic processes in the brain you won’t serve the program,” researcher Matthieu Boisgontier said.Boisgontier added the question now is whether people’s brains can be re-trained.
VANCOUVER — A Toronto activist who was stopped by Vancouver police a day after arriving in the city says his experience reveals what everyday life is like for black and Indigenous residents.Desmond Cole has worked for years to end street checks or “carding” in Toronto, and says he was the subject of a street check by a Vancouver police officer on Tuesday.Street checks involve officers stopping a person and recording their information, even though no offence has occurred, and opponents say they disproportionately target people of colour.Cole is visiting Vancouver and says he was smoking a cigarette on a sidewalk near Stanley Park when an officer stopped him and said he was breaking a bylaw against smoking in parks.He says he replied that he was not in a park and he refused the officer’s repeated requests to give his name or show identification, before the officer left without giving him a ticket.Vancouver police say a street check was not conducted, no information was recorded, that the officer approached Cole about a bylaw infraction and chose not to give him a ticket.The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada will use the upcoming G20 summit in Argentina to push Saudi Arabia for answers in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.Freeland says Canada considers his murder to be very much an open case, a contrast to a statement by U.S. President Donald Trump earlier today that the facts surrounding Khashoggi’s death might just never be known.She expects the Khashoggi case to be an issue during the talks among leaders of the world’s 20 leading economies, and says Canada will push for a transparent international investigationThe kingdom is a member of the G20, and the Saudi-owned television station Al-Arabiya says Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the country’s defacto leader, will attend the summit.U.S. intelligence officials have concluded that bin Salman ordered the Oct. 2 killing of Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.Trump says maybe bin Salman had knowledge of the killing, or maybe he didn’t, but regardless, Saudi Arabia remains a steadfast partner of the U.S. and has helped keep oil prices stable.The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — The union representing Canada Post employees is taking the Trudeau government to court over the legislation that ended rotating strikes by its members.The Canadian Union of Postal Workers says it will file a constitutional challenge today in Ontario Superior Court, arguing Bill C-89 violated the rights of workers to collective bargaining.The move comes one day after the government appointed a mediator to bring the labour dispute to an end.CUPW national president Mike Palecek says the government can’t legislate labour peace.The union’s lawyer says the back-to-work legislation was passed after Canada Post created a “false emergency” over a backlog of parcels at the Crown corporation’s sorting plants.Canada Post said yesterday that, while letter mail is moving well, parcel deliveries are sporadic and delivery delays are expected through January as a result of the rotating walkouts that ended Nov. 27.The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — Google wants the Federal Court to decide whether limiting search-engine results in the name of privacy would infringe Canadians’ constitutional guarantee of free expression.The leading internet search engine advocates broadening an upcoming court hearing to squarely address the question.Privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien has asked the Federal Court to clarify if Google’s popular search tool is covered by the law governing how companies handle personal information.A man who says a Google search reveals outdated and highly personal information about him will be the test case that helps a judge decide whether the search engine must remove the links from its results.Therrien argues the federal law on private-sector use of personal information includes such a right to de-indexing.In documents filed with the court, Google says the privacy commissioner’s reference application is illogical and inefficient because it is too narrow and therefore won’t fully explore the relevant constitutional questions.The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — A senior government official says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to shuffle the federal cabinet on Monday.This will be the third time the prime minister switches up his roster this year.In January, Trudeau moved Jody Wilson-Raybould to veterans affairs from the justice portfolio, which went to David Lametti.The prime minister made a few more changes earlier this month to fill the void left by Wilson-Raybould after she resigned from cabinet amid the ongoing SNC-Lavalin controversy.A few days after the mini-shuffle, Jane Philpott also stepped down from cabinet, saying she had lost confidence in the government over its handling of the SNC-Lavalin issue.Philpott had served as president of the Treasury Board.The Canadian Press